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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Dec 29, 2010 10:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Grateful Dead Download Series Revisted

So my earlier question about 1/18/70 got me thinking...what GD Download series ARE worth having?

I've got most of the official and vault releases, all the Dicks Picks, and a couple Road Trips that contain the complete performances (the new Big Rock Pow Wow 5/23-24/69, for example, is solid) but i've virtually ignored this download series.

Vol. 6 (3/17/68) is fantastic and a must own. I was a little disappointed with vol. 12 (4/17/69). Those are the only two i have. What others are the best?

Thanks

This post was modified by clementinescaboose on 2010-12-29 18:46:22

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 29, 2010 12:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead Download Series Revisted

Well, it is a little of "season to taste". I like the vol 4, which has 6/18/76 plus some filler, I find it a unique period for the band, and a period not much covered by the official releases , and one I like .
I might also recommend the "RT full show 11/5/79 for it's rather unusually long Eyes>Estimated>Franklin's . Fall 79 is a very fruitful period .
That's my 2 cents .

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Dec 29, 2010 9:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead Download Series Revisted

DD - i totally agree, its a pretty subjective thing...i myself strongly prefer the early years, but i do really enjoy many of the jazzy jams of '76 - i think that one might be worth checking out.

LiA - thanks for the info! those were precisely the ones that piqued my interest. and although its disappointing to know that the 2/4/70 jams w/ Santana apparently look better on paper, i'll definitely check out those '71 and '73 shows.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 29, 2010 11:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead Download Series Revisted

The '76 volume is most notable for the nice fillers - the main show highlights are Eyes and NFA (and I think there's a Crazy Fingers too?), but 6/18/76 doesn't seem like a standout show from that tour. (Hello, 6/28 SBD, where are you?)

The all-star jam from 2/4/70 is not on the disc, it's only on the film. So you're left with a mediocre Dead set...stick with the video.
For other volumes you're curious about, you can stream them (and all the other Dead albums) on myspace music, and probably other sites as well.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 30, 2010 7:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead Download Series Revisted

One of the reasons I didn't pick any of the early ones, is , and this seems to be mostly the case here, is that the shows they chose to put out as downloads, are mostly in the "OK" category . There have been 2 DPs for 76 , that get fall shows, and the New Year's vault release , but this is the only show they have put out from that interesting first tour back from their break . I agree they could have chosen a better show from that tour . It almost seems the stuff they decided to put out as downloads, were things that they don't think worthy of release on c.d. . Lets hope that means some of those better shows (6/28 for sure !) will see some sort of release .
I almost picked that 10/26/71 show . Put that together with the DP, 2 and you have a nice "October 71" set .

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 30, 2010 3:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead Download Series Revisited

"It almost seems the stuff they decided to put out as downloads, were things that they don't think worthy of release on c.d."

I had the same impression. Might not be true of the '80s selections, but for the picks up to '77, it does seem like these shows were picked just for 'rarity' value (the circulating sources were incomplete or had poor sound), but were not up to being 'Dick's Picks'-grade.
It doesn't matter much now, since they discontinued the series long ago!
And I should add, an "OK" show from '72/73 is still pretty good stuff.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 31, 2010 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead Download Series Revisited

Even though 72/73 has been pretty well covered with releases , I still welcome more ! Sure wish they would do more with that Acadmey of Music run in early 72 , for example .

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Poster: vapors Date: Dec 30, 2010 4:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead Download Series Revisited

Wouldn’t it be sweet if the download series was continued and greatly expanded even.
Whatever the quality of uncirculated shows in the vault may be, we want to hear them!

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Dec 30, 2010 10:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead Download Series Revisited

You can still get some of these at Nugs.net. It's a pain in the ass trying to sign in. Then try to find the link, where you must open an account. I hate all of this e-mail and password shit. Livedownloads.com is a crappy website that could use a major overhaul.

http://www.nugs.net/Grateful_Dead.htm

AMAZON.com has some of these downloads in MP-3 format only. They don't even mention if those are the 128 KBS or 256 KBS files. Why are we stuck dealing with such MORONS?





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Poster: lpfischer Date: Jan 3, 2012 7:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead Download Series Revisited

The entire series is (I believe) available for streaming on Spotify - along with Dick's Picks, and an overall pretty good selection of GD stuff.

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Poster: Go Faster, Get Rounder Date: Sep 2, 2013 11:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead Download Series Revisited

Thanks for the info --

Agree with you on the Amazon stuff -- who the hell would pay money for an MP3 file.

Where can you still download them-- i.e., buy the FLAC files-- anyone have any idea?

Thanks

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 29, 2010 7:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful Dead Download Series Revisited

As far as the early years go:
2/4/70 is not that great a show; and the filler tracks on it are available on the Archive. Can't recommend.
10/26/71 has a really excellent Other One, about what you'd expect from that tour; and it's much better quality than the miserable copy that was circulating.
7/21/72 is an OK show for the year; I think it's worthwhile for '72 collectors. (There's also a handful of songs from 7/22.)
12/10/73 is a nice show from Dec '73, which did not circulate. Not one of the greats, but worth checking out...

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